Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Quoted: “Governments do not simply throw the tax revenue that they collect into the ocean. Instead, this revenue — at least to some extent — is used to fund the good purposes that governments serve: providing a stable rule of law, a judicial system, education, public health, highways, basic research, and so on. ..”
Here's What You Get For The Money: The GOP's fixation on cutting government spending is the root cause of the NJ train crash. And a lot more infrastructure disasters, past, present and future.
Word Power: The BBC reports that British troops will be “protected from vexatious claims.” Henry Kissinger wants in on that.
And This: ““In the ruin of all collapsed booms is to be found the work of men who bought property at prices they knew perfectly well were fictitious, but who were willing to pay such prices simply because they knew that some still greater fool could be depended on to take the property off their hands and leave them with a profit.” – Chicago Tribune, April 1890
Mantra: “Hillary Clinton never met a war she didn't want other Americans to fight.”
Too Little, Far Too Late: A Priest has been “jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing 12 Victorian children.” No, not that's not back in the 1880's, just back in Australia.
Oh, My: “If twenty-first-century progressives had been leading the nineteenth- century abolition movement, we would still have slavery, but we would have limited slavery to a 40-hour work week, and we would be congratulating each other on the progress we had made.”
Can't Make This Up: “Obama Worries Future Presidents Will Wage Perpetual, Covert Drone War.” and “Clinton says Trump ‘always puts himself first’.”
Working For The Man: At the NSA's request (?), Yahoo used custom screening software to sift through hundreds of millions of email accounts for “an unknown set of characters.” Which pretty much sounds like NSA wrote the software and forced Yahoo to use it. Privacy, expectation of: quaint.
The Arctic Awaits: BP, which has done this in bigger ways, has a platform in the North Sea that has leaked nearly 100 tons of crude. That's less than a thousand barrels, but it's a start.
Porn O'Graph: Warm enough for you? Check out Antarctica, at the end of its winter.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:19 AM